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10.09.2015 | Personalia | Dr. Lauterjung appointed as member of the Advisory Board "Civil Crisis Prevention"

10.09.2015: On the recommendation of the Minister of State at the Federal Foreign Office, Mr. Michael Roth (MdB), Dr. Jörn Lauterjung, Director of the Technology Transfer Centres, Scientific Infrastructures and Platforms at the GFZ, has been appointed as a member of the Advisory Board on Civil Crisis Prevention.

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10.09.2015 | "Facing Natural Hazards" - the Second international Potsdam Summer School will start on 14 September 2015

10.09.2015| "Facing Natural Hazards" - the Second international Potsdam Summer School will start on 14 September 2015. The growing world population, climate change, rapid urbanisation, and the international interdependence of economies are all increasing our vulnerability to natural hazards. Such major global challenges are the focus of the second Potsdam Summer School on “Facing Natural Hazards”. From 14 to 23 September 2015, 40 young professionals from 28 countries will meet with renowned scientists from Potsdam's Earth and Environmental Science institutions as well as with international experts. Participants will discuss the most pressing scientific and socially relevant issues concerning natural hazards. Earth and climate scientists, oceanographers, and mathematicians will exchange ideas and personal perspectives with social scientists, industry representatives, and politicians. Why do we tend to play down certain natural hazards while we dramatise others? What can we do in future to protect us from natural hazards? These questions will not only be discussed among the participants, but will also be addressed in a public lecture by the risk researcher Prof. Dr. Ortwin Renn on 21 September Potsdam's Hans Otto Theatre.

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07.09.2015 | Is old rock really as "solid as a rock"

07.09.2015| Is old rock really as "solid as a rock"? In the course of billions of years continents break up, drift apart, and are pushed back together again. The cores of continents are, however, geologically extremely stable and have survived up to 3.8 billions of years. These cores that are called cratons are the oldest known geological features of our planet. It was assumed that the cratons are stable because of their especially solid structure due to relatively low temperatures compared to the surrounding mantle. A team of German-American scientists now discovered that these cratons that were assumed to be “as solid as a rock” are not that solid after all. The team headed by Dr. Mikhail Kaban from the GFZ German Research Centre for Geosciences now discovered that the craton below the North American continent is extremely deformed: its root is shifted relative to the center of the craton by 850 kilometers towards the west-southwest.

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07.09.2015 | Annual Meeting of the International Committee for Coal and Organic Petrology

07.09.2015: From September 5 to 11, the 67th annual meeting of the International Committee for Coal and Organic Petrology (ICCP) takes place at GFZ. The ICCP is an expert organisation dealing with standardisation and training as well as research and application in coal petrography.

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03.09.2015 | Long-term study started on the impact of climate change on arctic environments

03.09.2015: In the Arctic, climate change is unfolding faster than anywhere else on Earth. GFZ scientist Torsten Sachs, section Inorganic and Isotope Geochemistry, is part of the newly launched long-term study ABoVE (Arctic-Boreal Vulnerability Experiment) of NASA’s Terrestrial Ecology Program that aims at a gaining a better understanding of the impacts of climate change on arctic environments.

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01.09.2015 | Personalia | Change at Department 5: Prof. Brauer is new head of Department "Geomorphology, Hydrology and Paleoclimatology"

01.09.2015: Starting on September 1, Professor Achim Brauer is new head of GFZ department "Geomorphology, Hydrology and Paleoclimatology". He is inheriting this office from Professor Bruno Merz.

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01.09.2015 | Interview | EMMAgeo - A new open source algorithm provides new insights into sediments

Dr. Elisabeth Dietze and Dr. Michael Dietze work as geographers at GFZ sections „Climate Dynamics and Landscape Evolution“ and „Geomorphology“, respectively. They made available an algorithm for endmember-modeling of grain sizes – EMMAgeo – via open source software. In this interview they explain what exactly this algorithm is and how it can be applied for climate and environmental research.

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